Legal fight over Ted's body continues

Updated: March 4, 2004, 11:03 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- An attorney for Ted Williams' oldest daughter is demanding that a cryonics company release copies of a document that would show the baseball Hall of Famer agreed to give his body to the Arizona facility.

Attorney John Heer, representing Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, said that Alcor Life Extension Foundation is required to comply with his request under the federal Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and a similar state law governing donation of human organs and bodies for medical research.

Alcor Chief Executive Officer Joe Waynick said that Ferrell gave up her rights in the matter when she entered into a settlement agreement two years ago in the Florida courts.

Heer disputes that, saying that the settlement has no bearing on his latest request.

"If Alcor has proof, they need to show it to us," Heer said of a document that would show Williams agreed to be preserved at the Scottsdale Airpark facility.

The legal fight over the disposition of the baseball great continues more than a year and a half after Williams died in Florida on July 5, 2002, and his body was shipped to Alcor to be preserved.

Ferrell has argued that her father wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread in the ocean near Key West, Fla.

Williams' younger children -- John Henry and Claudia -- fought successfully to have their father frozen at Alcor in hopes that he might someday be revived through advances in medical science.

The latest skirmish with Alcor comes as the Arizona Legislature considers a bill which would give the state oversight of cryonics facilities.

Alcor has about 60 bodies and heads frozen in liquid nitrogen at its cryonics facility.

Citing a confidentiality agreement, Alcor officials have never admitted that Williams' body is at its facility.

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